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Watch The Tearful Moment a Judge Realizes Suspect Is Childhood Friend

You expect people to get emotional in court, but it’s very rare that the person dropping the feelings is the judge In this case, however, Florida judge Mindy Glazer got the shock of her life when Arthur Booth, the man brought before her for burglary and grand theft was “the nicest kid” she knew in middle school.

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The video, which can be seen above, is very emotional. It picks up with a very non-standard question from Glazer: “Did you go to Nautilus Middle School.”

What follows is a reunion that might work better than any scared straight program out there. Glazer tells Booth that she’s always wondered what happened to him and says that she hopes that he can lead a lawful life after his current legal troubles have been sentenced.

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“Nicest kid in middle school,” Glazer tells the court before remembering how she and Booth used to play football together. “It’s sad to see you there,” she says to a weeping Booth who’s recognized Glazer as well and can’t keep his emotions in check. It’s pretty much heartbreaking all around.


Contact the author at mark.shrayber@jezebel.com.

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celia
Celia the Vampire Slaying Vampire

Well, it unexpectedly rained on my face. They clearly have so much friend love for each other and really meant something to one another. This is as mushy as a judge can get while doing her job and I’m glad she told him that what she remembers most is how nice he is. Seems like it really touched him and could be a great moment for him. And for her since it’s important to remember an accused criminal is a fully complex human. Unexpected moment of humanity for them both in what can be a very cold and scary setting. Hope things are going okay for him.